The ELCAT project  (go to the e-learning programme)

(by Debora Russi, Cologne University of Appl. Sciences)

This project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, aims at developing an e-learning course which offers a user-friendly and sound introduction to basic principles and methods of terminology management.

Since terminology, especially in innovative enterprises, increases ever rapidly due to faster and more complex development cycles as well as growing multilingual markets, its proper and efficient treatment requires increased attention and with it a basic knowledge about the particular terminological principles.

The consistent use of terminology within an enterprise also warrants compliance with quality management principles and is a precondition for cost and labour efficient knowledge management and localization processes.

As terminology creation takes place during all product development cycles it is essential to raise awareness and provide basic knowledge about handling this terminology to all involved subject-field experts and other stakeholders.

The addressed target group will include management, sales and marketing, standardization, product development, technical documentation, terminologists, translators, language service providers, corporate communications.

The course is prepared in cooperation with members from the automotive and IT industry and will be offered in German and English. The resulting e-learning platform is envisaged to provide company employees an effective training opportunity that can be integrated as a qualification module into the normal every-day working processes. Students of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences can use these modules in the course of master’s level classes. After a successful implementation of the project an extension is planned towards further scientific and technical subject-fields.

Depending on further project agreements a future commercial or non-commercial exploitation and marketing for other economic branches and companies as well as institutes of higher education is also envisaged. The project started in July 2008 and will end December 2010.

ELCAT is carried out by Cologne University of Applied Sciences. Project manager is Prof. Dr. Klaus-Dirk Schmitz and project partners include Audi Academy, Volkswagen AG, 2W Technische Informations GmbH, TermNet, SDL Trados, acrolinx, IAI (Institute of the Society for the Promotion of Applied Information Sciences at the Saarland University), University of Vienna, University of Florida, Macquarie University (Sydney).

Want to know more? Please contact Debora Russi (Debora.Russi@fh-koeln.de)

ELCAT online: www.elcat.info

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